My mother, sister and I stayed at the Hodson Bay from 24 Dec to 27 Dec 2011 (3 night Christmas package). We normally stay for Christmas at their sister hotel, The Galway Bay Hotel, but this year we decided to stay somewhere else. We were not disappointed. On arrival Evan helped us unload our many suitcases and for the duration of our stay he remained extremely helpful. Check in was fine and we were thrilled with our interconnecting spa rooms.These rooms are beautifully furnished with ceiling to floor windows. Once we viewed our rooms we returned to reception to sample the complimentary mulled wine & mine pies. At this point we met William, who we assume was our Christmas host as he was present for the many Christmas activites offered during our stay. As a host he was wonderful, totally attentive and encouraging everyone to fully partake. On arrival we had booked times for all our meals and we looked forward to each and every one of them. The food here is delicious with a pretty good menu selection (perhaps slightly less of a selection than the Galway Bay Hotel). Sinead in the restaurant was extremely helpful, even arranging for a starter not on the menu for my mother. All in all we really enjoyed our Christmas period in this hotel and as a result we plan to retun here next year. Even though this hotel is known for being family-friendly and there were many families here with young children it never impacted on our stay. This may have been due to the many seating/socialising areas within the hotel. One final point, Ruth in reservations booked this package for us and she was superb in acceeding to the many special requests we made. To be honest, if I had reservations about booking this hotel her 'can do' attitude on the phone set my mind to rest. I would highly recommend this hotel for a Christmas stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the gorgeous shores of Lough Ree and with 176 bedrooms, the 4-Star Hodson Bay Hotel is the premier choice for a divine relaxation getaway. With scenic lakeshore walks, championship golf courses and lake cruises on our doorstep, you’ll have a rich choice of enjoyable activities. For families, we have our fully supervised Penguin Kids Camp with fun and games to keep all our little VIPs entertained. Why not avail of our babysitting service and relax in our onsite spa? Or enjoy quality family time in our leisure centre complete with kiddies pool. 'Retreat at Hodson Bay’ is an area of the hotel which is exclusively for adults to ensure your stay is restful and that you are guaranteed peace and quiet to unwind in the beautifully-designed rooms. To revive and rejuvenate yourself, take advantage of our award-winning 'Spa at Hodson Bay'. Both of our restaurants offer mouth-watering local produce; and to end the day take a seat along our lakeview conservatory or enjoy our nightly in-house complimentary activities. The heart of the Midlands is a magical place, so treat yourself to a break in this picturesque setting and let our dedicated staff make your stay one to remember ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hodson Bay Athlone
- Hotel Hodson Bay